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Tips to Help Cut Back on Energy This Fall

As the summer is quickly coming to an end, and fall approaches we put together a list of easy to do tips that may help you cut back on your energy usage this fall.

  • Give your heating system a check-up. As we get closer to the fall season, we suggest you give your heating system a maintenance check. This will help determine if your system needs to be updated or if any repairs will be required to ensure the system is running smoothly.
  • Seal any air leaks. Walk around your home checking for air leaks. Use caulk as one way of sealing any air leaks. You could save between 10% – 20% in energy usage when you seal all opening, especially around the windows.
  • Lower the temperature. Before you leave the house, make sure you lower your thermostat by 10 degrees. Remember to turn it back up when you come back home. By implementing this easy tip, it could help you save close to 10% on your heating bill.
  • Check your home’s insulation. Did you know that properly installed insulation helps reduce heating costs in your home? By checking the insulation of your home it can help cut back on your energy usage this fall.

General tips are taken from the below sources and are not independently verified by Champion Energy. Dollar and usage savings are estimates and are based on, but not limited to the following: home profile information, performance assumptions, third-party resources, and the average regional cost for electricity. Savings are not guaranteed, are subject to change, and may vary.

Sources: http://porch.com/advice/5-tips-saving-energy-fall/

https://energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

 

 

Easy Ways to Cut Costs Around the House

Interested in some easy ways to cut costs around your home? We put together some easy to do tips that will help do just that!

  • Keep closet doors closed. By checking that all closet doors are closed, you will help keep your heating and cooling costs down. By doing that it will help you avoid wasting heating or cooling areas that don’t need to be.
  • No more coffee runs. While you might enjoy that fancy latte from downtown, it seriously adds up over time. Instead buy a small coffee machine that has options to create your drink of choice.
  • No more bottled water. Fact: if you buy one pack of water every week at $5 per case, you’ll spend nearly $200 per year. That is a lot of money. If you aren’t a fan of tap water, buy a filter to attach to the faucet or a filtered pitcher.
  • Turn it down. By lowering the temperature of your water heater setting to 120 degrees you reduce your energy costs. You’ll save around $30 annually with each 10-degree reduction.
  • Shop the deals. When it’s time to buy the expensive items like the TV or furniture, make sure you do some research and shop when the best deals are available. You don’t want to end up buying an item only to find out you could have gotten it for much cheaper a month or two later.

 

General tips are taken from the below sources and are not independently verified by Champion Energy. Dollar and usage savings are estimates and are based on, but not limited to the following: home profile information, performance assumptions, third-party resources, and the average regional cost for electricity. Savings are not guaranteed, are subject to change, and may vary.

http://time.com/4063777/money-saving-tips-home/

http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-around-the-house

Are Green Energy Plans Really Green?

Wind turbines are a green energy source

Champion Energy offers Green Energy Plans sourced from 100% renewable wind power.

Electricity is created using both non-renewable and green energy (renewable) sources. When that electricity is sent down the wires toward your home it all mixes together. This means that you can’t tell where the specific electrons powering your blender come from. Renewable and non-renewable energy sources like coal, natural gas, wind, nuclear and solar all produce electricity. However, the electricity is just electricity regardless of how it was made.

So how can Champion Energy and other Texas electricity providers offer you a 100% wind power plan?

Retail electricity providers, like Champion Energy, buy Renewal Energy Credits (RECs) on your behalf. A renewable energy credit is an environmental trading commodity that is created when electricity is produced from renewable energy sources like wind, solar, water, and biomass. Every time a renewable energy generation facility creates electricity, they also create RECs. Basically, when you use electricity on a green energy plan, you also use up RECs. Because Champion Energy purchases all of the RECs required by our customers from facilities contributing power from wind energy to your local electric grid, we can say that our plans are sourced from 100% Wind Energy.

You can think of it like a carbon offset (if you know what that is).

Because each REC represents a corresponding amount of electricity made from renewable energy, RECs act as an offset for the non-renewable portion of the power used in your home or business. In fact, a 100% renewable plan will offset a third of the total carbon emissions for an average home.

Why choose green energy?

Right now, over 40% of the electricity in the US still comes from coal power plants, while less than 10% comes from all renewable energy sources combined. Buying RECs creates a demand for clean energy that in the long-term will allow the green energy sector to continue to grow. By fostering a diversity of power sources in the US, we ensure the long-term sustainability of our electricity grid.

Sign up now for Champion Energy’s Green Energy -12 plan in Texas or Green Power-12 plan in Illinois and Pennsylvania to move towards sustainability. The premium you pay as a customer is the premium we pay for the REC purchased on your behalf, which makes it one of the lowest relative rates on the market.

At Champion Energy, straight talk about sustainable electricity is how we “go green”.